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The Georgia Informer’s

 

 

 

 

 

Endorsements For The Congressional Races

 

 

By Herbert Dennard 

 

 

 

 

On July 15, 2008, the Democratic primary will be held and it should be a no-brainer which candidates should hold the congressional seats.  Therefore, this editorial will be an easy one to write. 

 

The Georgia Informer carefully perused the candidates and believes that the following would best serve the state of Georgia.  Also included are opponents of our choices, along with the reason they won’t get our vote.

 

5th Congressional District

Best candidate: John Lewis – A civil rights legend for many years, Lewis logged a score of 95 by the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) Monitor, a group of non-partisan African Americans who believe that the Congressional Black Caucus should represent the political will of black communities, rather than the will of party leaders, campaign contributors, or corporate donors.  (Twice a year, the CBC publicizes the Monitor Report Card in an attempt to make the public aware of which representatives vote along with the African American constituency.)  Representing his District since 1987, Lewis always votes according to his heart and cannot be bought.  Time Magazine dubbed him a “saint”.  Lewis’ website address is www.johnlewis.house.gov.

 

 

Opponents: Markel Hutchins & “Able” Mable Thomas – Both are decent candidates, but neither can hold a candle to Lewis.

 

 

 

8th Congressional District

Best Candidate: Robert Nowak – Platform focuses on strong education and healthcare and safeguarding human and civil rights.  An enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama, Nowak doesn’t back down from his beliefs.  An educator who has traveled all over the world, Nowak has experience in public policy, diplomacy, and education.  A nice guy and a real Democrat.  Nowak’s website address is www.nowakforcongress.com.

 

 

 

 

Opponent: Congressman Jim Marshall – Marshall voted against PeachCare, Head Start, the Clean Energy Act, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, funding for homeless assistance programs, and countless other positive, community-building acts.  Jim Marshall is the only Democrat who voted against the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which would have expanded publicly-funded health care for uninsured children.  Probably why the CBC gave him a score of 40 (an “F”) on the Monitor Report Card.

 

 

 

12th Congressional District

Best Candidate: Regina Thomas – A State Senator since 2000, Thomas is the recipient of many legislative and community awards, including Legislator of the Year 2005 (Georgia Environmental Council), the Distinguished Service Award (Helen KellerFoundation) and many others.  Thomas is dedicated to improving education for all children regardless of income level, reforming health care, and conserving basic resources, such as fresh water.  Regina Thomas is also a real Democrat.  Thomas’ website address is www.reginathomas4congress.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Opponent: John Barrow - Congressman Barrow received a 60 (an “F”) on the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) Monitor, a group of non-partisan African Americans who believe that the Congressional Black Caucus should represent the political will of black communities, rather than the will of party leaders, campaign contributors, or corporate donors.  (Twice a year, the CBC publicizes the Monitor Report Card in an attempt to make the public aware of which representatives vote along with the African American constituency.)

 

 

 

13thCongressional District

Best Candidate: Donzella James – State Senator James has served four terms and has fought for reductions in crime; stronger anti-DUI and drug trafficking laws; economic development; tougher environmental protection regulations; recycling; better access to health care; and improved education; to include higher teacher salaries and lower student-teacher ratios.  She authored the child endangerment bill and the Child sexual commerce act of 2001.  James would like to improve mental health care, supports tax cuts for the middle class and working poor, and opposes the privatization of Social Security.  James is an honest and decent person.  James’ website address is www.donzellajames4congress.com.

 

 

 

Opponent: David Scott - Scott's campaigns have paid his private company more than $500,000 since 2002 for office rent, printing, T-shirts and other services. He has also paid his wife, two daughters and son-in-law tens of thousands of dollars for campaign work such as fund raising and canvassing. In 2007, David Scott was named one of the 22 most corrupt members of Congress by the political watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  Scott was also rated one of the Four Worst Black Congresspersons by the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) Monitor, a group of non-partisan African Americans who believe that the Congressional Black Caucus should represent the political will of black communities, rather than the will of party leaders, campaign contributors, or corporate donors.  Reason? Dereliction of duty to his black constituencies.

 

 

So there you have it – The Georgia Informer’s congressional endorsements.  So many have fought and died throughout the civil rights movement for the right to vote; we encourage each of our readers to exercise that right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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